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Precious Dust

Precious Dust
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In a staggering 1800s pageant comparable in scope to the great crusades of the Middle Ages, the lure of gold enticed hundreds of thousands of men and women from the eastern United States and around the world to traverse remote and treacherous terrain in hope of claiming some of the riches discovered in California, Nevada, Colorado, and Alaska. Of those who made it through the hardships of the trip, nine out of ten came away with nothing. In this book author Paula Mitchell Marks vividly humanizes this mad rush, telling the stories of the adventurers who found a frontier of "rude freedom" and spearheaded the exploration and development of large parts of the West. With an eye for telling detail and just the right quote, this book is our best social history of the gold rush experience as well as, in its very strangeness, an American portrait. Illustrated with B/W photos. Paperbound: 448 pages: 6 x 9" Slight creasing of spine, otherwise very good/excellent condition.
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